Structure and Thermal Conductivity of Supercooled MBBA

  • J. O. Kessler
  • J. E. Lydon


Many nematic liquid crystals, when cooled to temperatures below the normal melting point, form a phase which is not the equilibrium crystalline solid. This behaviour has been shown in MBBA, (1) which will be the subject of the present paper.


Liquid Crystal Nematic Liquid Crystal Freeze Fracture Normal Melting Point Room Temperature Thermal Conductivity 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. O. Kessler
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. E. Lydon
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Astbury Department of BiophysicsUniversity of LeedsLeedsG.B.

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